Two popular Seattle parks will close early this summer

Sunset over Alki Beach, Seattle.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to close two of the city’s most popular parks earlier this summer, citing concerns about violence and illegal activity.

From May 27 through September 4, Golden Gardens in Ballard and Alki Beach in West Seattle will close at 10 p.m. instead of 11:30 p.m. Both parks will still open at 4 a.m. during this time.

In a blog post on the city’s websiteSeattle Parks and Recreation said it was testing the new closing time to “address [the] dangerous and/or illegal behavior typical of summer evenings in these two parks.

Alki Beach made headlines last summer for a series of violent incidents.

In May, police closed the park early after making three arrests at a big party on the beach. Police said “multiple fights” and an armed robbery took place during the festivities. Then, in June, a shooting after an argument over fireworks left a person dead and three others injured.

Golden Gardens also saw two separate high-profile cases of criminal activity last year, including a drive-by shooting and another shooting in which police found that at least 20 shots had been fired.

A city spokesperson told the Seattle Times that the reduced hours are part of a pilot program that allows the parks department to potentially make the change permanent. Park commissioners will likely consider the permanent change at public meetings later this year or early next year, the spokesperson said.

Public comment on the city’s decision to close both parks early can be made on the the city website.

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